OK! I've got everything pinned down!
P5E mobo or P5Q,
2GB DDR2 800 OCZ (4-4-4-15) or 2x2Gb DDR2400 Reaper
Deffinitely now going for the Q6600 with a tunic tower cooler.
500 Seagate 7200.11 32mb cache
and a Corsair TX 750W
BUT I want people's oppinion on the graphics card
I've narrowed it to the Power Color Extreme PCS HD4870 (£159.99) (with its new cooler and faster clocks) or a Gainward GTX260 (£139.99) (which is actually £20 cheaper than the HD4870)
so people, OPPINIONS PLEASE, and quickly please. only have my 10% off voucher for 4 more days.
The powercolor also only has a 1yr warranty, compared to 2 years on the Gainward GTX260
(anyone seen any reviews/benchmarks of the extreme HD4870?)
ok, just that at guru3d the GTX260 did better in world in conflict, the kind of strategy games i play. but everyone seems to agree on the HD4870, even tho its not the cheapest anymore. so that's what i'll go with.
OK! I've heard that the new HD4870 PCS from powercolor has a big problem with its bios n that it keeps shutting down, over heating or something. SO should i get a standard HD4870 for around £155 or GTX260 for around £130?
ok, al stick with the PCS then. £10 more for a card which one guy at overclockers said he got a score of P8985 in 3DMarks vantage, close to a GTX 280 in vantage. also, am going with DDR2 2x2GB reaper 1066 ram on the P5E mobo. decided the extra 16x slot on the P5E over the P5Q pro would give me more options in the future.
there's only £8 difference between reaper800 and reaper 1066. Might as well get the higher spec and not have it pushed, give a more stable platfrom. unless u think i cud get away with just OCZ platinum. Same timings and voltage as the reaper, but no fancy heat pipe/heat sink. but about £20 less